Australian Faunal Directory

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The Australian Faunal Directory (AFD) is an online catalogue of taxonomic and biological information on all animal species known to occur within Australia. [1] [2] It is a program of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities of the Government of Australia. By September 20, 2016, the Australian Faunal Directory has collected information about 122,898 species and subspecies. [2] It includes the data from the discontinued Zoological Catalogue of Australia [3] and is regularly updated. [4] Started in the 1980s, it set a goal to compile a "list of all Australian fauna including terrestrial vertebrates, ants and marine fauna" and create an "Australian biotaxonomic information system". [5]

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Fauna of Australia

The fauna of Australia consists of a huge variety of animals; some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia. This high level of endemism can be attributed to the continent's long geographic isolation, tectonic stability, and the effects of an unusual pattern of climate change on the soil and flora over geological time. A unique feature of Australia's fauna is the relative scarcity of native placental mammals. Consequently, the marsupials — a group of mammals that raise their young in a pouch, including the macropods, possums and dasyuromorphs — occupy many of the ecological niches placental animals occupy elsewhere in the world. Australia is home to two of the five known extant species of monotremes and has numerous venomous species, which include the platypus, spiders, scorpions, octopus, jellyfish, molluscs, stonefish, and stingrays. Uniquely, Australia has more venomous than non-venomous species of snakes.

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Zoological Survey of India organization

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<i>Petalura gigantea</i> species of insect

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Setomedea is a genus of small air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Charopidae.

Victaphanta is a genus of carnivorous air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Rhytididae.

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<i>Hypatima</i> Genus of moths

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<i>Imma</i> genus of insects

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<i>Opogona</i> genus of insects

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<i>Nemapogon</i> genus of insects

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<i>Nitor medioximus</i> species of mollusc

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<i>Nitor</i> genus of molluscs

Nitor is a genus of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs in the family Helicarionidae.

Isidorella is a genus of air-breathing freshwater snails, aquatic pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Planorbidae, the ram's horn snails.

The northern spiny-tailed gecko is a species of lizard in the family Diplodactylidae which is endemic to Australia.

<i>Hypnodendron comosum</i> species of plant

Hypnodendron comosum, commonly known as palm moss or palm tree moss, is a ground moss which can be divided into two varieties: Hypnodendron comosum var. comosum and Hypnodendron comosum var. sieberi. Both Hypnodendron varieties most commonly grow in damp locations in the temperate and tropical rainforests of New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania in southern Australia and in New Zealand.

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  1. "Australian Faunal Directory". BugGuide . Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Australian Faunal Directory". 31 August 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  3. Davie, P. J. F., A. Wells, and W. W. K. Houston. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. 19.3B, 19.3B. Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO, 2002, p. XIII.
  4. Australian Biological Resources Study, and Australia. Australian Faunal Directory. Canberra, ACT: Dept. of the Environment and Heritage, 2000.
  5. Commonwealth Record, Volume 5, Issues 26-34, p. 1282. Australian Government Publishing Service, 1980.